Motorcycle sales boomed during hot summer months

2014 Yamaha MT-09 Street Tracker ANL-140917-094415001
2014 Yamaha MT-09 Street Tracker ANL-140917-094415001

Warm summer weather has helped motorcycle sales in the UK soar, with the number of some sectors of the market up by as much as 36 per cent on 2013.

The biggest gain in sales was for naked bikes like the Yamaha MT-09 and Honda CB650F, which went up by 36 per cent compared in August compared to the same month in 2013.

As the shift away from sports bikes continues, sales of larger, more comfortable touring machines were up by 12.5 per cent year-on-year last month and custom motorcycles, like Harley-Davidsons, rose by 11.8 per cent.

According to the latest figures, almost every major sector of the motorcycle world enjoyed increased sales in August compared to the same month last year. The only notable drop was in sales of motorcycles with an engine of 50cc or smaller, which decreased by 1.8 per cent.

Honda enjoyed the most sales of any motorcycle company, with 1,134 bikes sold in the UK in August. Following on were Yamaha and Triumph in second and third spots.